Recognising the principal importance of the question of environmental change for the future of humanity the Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence (SGMV) at the University of Sheffield (http://www.genocidecentre.dept.shef.ac.uk/) commits its unique resources to researching the impact of environmental change on society, especially to the question of mass violence. Underlying this is the assumption that genocidal violence might increase during the 21st century as resources (such as fossil fuels, potable water, tropical forests and habitable land) become increasingly sparse.
In order to understand and possible prevent adverse effects as much as possible a paradigmatic shift is necessary in the approach to environmental change. No longer can this phenomenon be tackled by isolated disciplines alone. Problems of this magnitude - most likely unique in human history - need a combined approach by Sciences, Social Sciences and the Humanities. The SGMV is prepared to lead the way and to provide the framework for such an integrated approach. In order to start the dialogue the SGMV would like to invite all interested parties, both in the University of Sheffield and beyond to its experimental workshop on:
"Climate Change and Genocide"
30th April 2008
ICOSS (Conference Room), 219 Portobello, University of Sheffield
Dr. Juergen Zimmerer (Department of History and Director of SGMV)
Climate change and genocide
Prof Ian Woodward (Animal and Plant Sciences)
Climate change and global ecology
Prof Paul Rogers (Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford)
Climate change and global security
Dr. Julie Jones (Department of Geography)
'Global and Regional Climate Change'
After these short introductory presentations there will be ample time to discuss avenues for future interdisciplinary research. All are welcome to participate.
For catering purposes please inform Melanie Knight of your intention to attend by emailing M.Knight@sheffield.ac.uk or by phoning 0114 222 0063. We would be grateful if you could do this by Monday 21st April. Further information about how to reach ICOSS can be found at http://www.shef.ac.uk/icoss/index2.html
Please check the Centre's webpage for updates.
Please address all queries regarding the work of the Centre to its director, Dr Juergen Zimmerer, Department of History, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr Juergen Zimmerer
Director, Centre for the Study of
Genocide and Mass Violence
Department of History
University of Sheffield
387 Glossop Road
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